By Karen de Sa and John Kelly, The Chronicle for Social Change, February 5, 2020
A California senator introduced groundbreaking legislation this week to extend the state’s foster care system through age 25 – a bill that acknowledges the continued failure to prepare young people severed from families for life on their own.
The early-stage Senate Bill 912 has few details yet available, and no price tag. But its lofty aim would make California the first state to expand such support and services to young adults well beyond the current age limit of 21.
“We ought to have a full-service support system and extend the age,” Beall said in an interview with The Chronicle of Social Change. “I know everyone’s going to criticize that because it’s going to cost money, but this is a group that needs services.”